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# extract - Last year 2021

Extract: Roisin Kiberd on how Facebook helped change the internet - and our lives
# The Disconnect
# The Disconnect

Extract: Roisin Kiberd on how Facebook helped change the internet - and our lives

Mar 10th 2021, 7:00 PM 9,609 Views 4 Comments

Writer Roisin Kiberd looks at the world of the internet – and the effect it has on our lives – in her new essay collection, The Disconnect. Here, she takes us through her early days online.

# extract - All time

'He had turned down Aston Villa but decided Cardiff was the correct choice'
# Looking Back
From The42
# Looking Back

'He had turned down Aston Villa but decided Cardiff was the correct choice'

Dec 27th 2020, 3:54 PM 37,668 Views 9 Comments

A look at the turbulent early days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial career.

'Ireland’s leading goalscorer and all-time caps holder had been spectacularly snubbed'
# Omission
From The42
# Omission

'Ireland’s leading goalscorer and all-time caps holder had been spectacularly snubbed'

Dec 27th 2020, 12:00 PM 107,845 Views 58 Comments

Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Champagne Football’.

'All I had to do was imagine my father’s face when confronted by his daughter’s puffed up, battered eye socket'
# Worry
From The42
# Worry

'All I had to do was imagine my father’s face when confronted by his daughter’s puffed up, battered eye socket'

Dec 26th 2020, 7:00 PM 7,413 Views 0 Comments

Ruqsana Begum recalls her early days competing.

'This small, beautiful woman and her f***ed-up, broken life'
# Intrigue
From The42
# Intrigue

'This small, beautiful woman and her f***ed-up, broken life'

Dec 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 11,205 Views 2 Comments

An extract from David Walsh’s book ‘The Russian Affair’.

'Debt piled up. I was a 50-year-old single parent bringing up a teenage girl'
# Debt
From The42
# Debt

'Debt piled up. I was a 50-year-old single parent bringing up a teenage girl'

Dec 25th 2020, 6:00 PM 13,887 Views 2 Comments

Harry Pearson on writing ‘The Farther Corner’.

'It should be a moment that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life... I wish I could be happy but I can’t'
# Mixed Emotions
From The42
# Mixed Emotions

'It should be a moment that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life... I wish I could be happy but I can’t'

Updated Dec 23rd 2020, 12:02 PM 45,731 Views 6 Comments

Barry Geraghty recalls winning the Gold Cup with Bobs Worth.

'We had just been in close contact with the Atlético players and probably 60 others'
# Looking Back
From The42
# Looking Back

'We had just been in close contact with the Atlético players and probably 60 others'

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:00 PM 9,531 Views 2 Comments

Andy Robertson recalls the surreal backdrop for Liverpool’s clash with Atletico Madrid.

'Joe really does get a bit emotional and it doesn’t feel right. Like seeing your dad cry'
# EXTRACT
From The42
# EXTRACT

'Joe really does get a bit emotional and it doesn’t feel right. Like seeing your dad cry'

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:00 AM 14,062 Views 6 Comments

Rob Kearney recalls the end of an era with the Irish team.

'Kenny Dalglish was a legend of the game... He was there to support us and Seán in any way he could'
# Legend
From The42
# Legend

'Kenny Dalglish was a legend of the game... He was there to support us and Seán in any way he could'

Dec 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 7,139 Views 2 Comments

Martina Cox on her husband’s struggle and the kindness it inspired in others.

Billy Hutchinson: 'It was totally counterproductive and portrayed loyalism as backward and nasty in the eyes of the world'
# EXTRACT
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Billy Hutchinson: 'It was totally counterproductive and portrayed loyalism as backward and nasty in the eyes of the world'

Dec 5th 2020, 8:00 PM 41,797 Views 48 Comments

In his autobiography, Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson writes about what happened during the Holy Cross dispute.

Extract: Manchán Magan on the the controversy around the Irish word leprechaun
# As Gaeilge
# As Gaeilge

Extract: Manchán Magan on the the controversy around the Irish word leprechaun

Nov 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 69,047 Views 49 Comments

Taken from an extract from his book, 32 Words For Field, which has been nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.

A Page From My Life: Three stories of love, parenthood and revelation from Irish people
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

A Page From My Life: Three stories of love, parenthood and revelation from Irish people

Nov 14th 2020, 9:00 PM 24,024 Views 4 Comments

Read three people’s personal stories taken from A Page From My Life, which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Extract: Moving to the country helped me discover the secrets of the natural world
# Wildlife
# Wildlife

Extract: Moving to the country helped me discover the secrets of the natural world

Oct 24th 2020, 6:00 PM 22,864 Views 5 Comments

Richard Nairns details some of what he discovered when he moved to Ned’s Wood in Co Wicklow.

Paddy Doyle: An extract from The God Squad, by the late author
# RIP
# RIP

Paddy Doyle: An extract from The God Squad, by the late author

Oct 18th 2020, 10:15 AM 22,546 Views 8 Comments

In an extract from his moving, searing memoir, Paddy Doyle writes about his early days at St Michael’s Industrial School after his parents both died.

Extract: 'To the British government, the Famine was a threat to public order'
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

Extract: 'To the British government, the Famine was a threat to public order'

Oct 17th 2020, 9:00 PM 52,884 Views 58 Comments

Author Gillian O’Brien looks at the workhouse and prisons and what they tells us about the Famine.

'In the heat of the match he could be frightening... He was a colossus'
# Hard Men Of Rugby
From The42
# Hard Men Of Rugby

'In the heat of the match he could be frightening... He was a colossus'

Sep 26th 2020, 10:00 AM 53,880 Views 33 Comments

Robert Blair Mayne played for Ireland and the Lions before going on to a remarkable wartime career.

Extract: 'Millennials, they call them. Oh, I’m so offended at this, that and the other thing'
# Ann Devine
# Ann Devine

Extract: 'Millennials, they call them. Oh, I’m so offended at this, that and the other thing'

Jul 25th 2020, 7:45 AM 31,803 Views 14 Comments

Catch up with what Ann Devine is up to in the latest novel from Colm O’Regan.

'I walked out of the house to where my van was parked. I put three massive dents in the side of it'
# Anger
From The42
# Anger

'I walked out of the house to where my van was parked. I put three massive dents in the side of it'

Jul 2nd 2020, 6:00 AM 7,130 Views 1 Comment

Read an extract from Tai Woffinden’s ‘Raw Speed’.

'I was 20 years old... I thought my talent was all I needed to get by'
# EXTRACT
From The42
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'I was 20 years old... I thought my talent was all I needed to get by'

Jun 30th 2020, 7:00 AM 13,466 Views 0 Comments

Jenson Button on his early days partying in Formula One.

'It is an Irish success story, one of the greatest to come out of Ireland since the foundation of the State'
# Legacy
From The42
# Legacy

'It is an Irish success story, one of the greatest to come out of Ireland since the foundation of the State'

Jun 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 8,025 Views 7 Comments

Read an extract from Alan Conway’s book on Coolmore Stud.

The rise of the 'water carrier'
# Underrated
From The42
# Underrated

The rise of the 'water carrier'

Jun 23rd 2020, 7:00 AM 7,517 Views 0 Comments

A profile of Didier Deschamps, who made the defensive midfield role more recognised.

'He used to repeat that footballers should only have sex once a week’
# Character
From The42
# Character

'He used to repeat that footballers should only have sex once a week’

Jun 18th 2020, 7:00 AM 7,660 Views 0 Comments

In an extract from ‘The Names Heard Long Ago,’ Jonathan Wilson profiles legendary Benfica coach Béla Guttmann.

'Hamilton became a symbol of a post-racial Britain without ever being fully embraced by the British public'
# Star
From The42
# Star

'Hamilton became a symbol of a post-racial Britain without ever being fully embraced by the British public'

Jun 16th 2020, 7:05 AM 3,198 Views 7 Comments

In an extract from ‘No Win Race,’ Derek A. Bardowell analyses the rise of Lewis Hamilton.

'Today - agitated. Tomorrow - positive': Writers share their pandemic diaries
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'Today - agitated. Tomorrow - positive': Writers share their pandemic diaries

Jun 14th 2020, 9:30 AM 8,227 Views 1 Comment

We have three extracts from the latest Stinging Fly for you to enjoy.

'Roy Keane said something on TV about the interview being flat... Lisa took it to heart'
# EXTRACT
From The42
# EXTRACT

'Roy Keane said something on TV about the interview being flat... Lisa took it to heart'

Jun 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 29,793 Views 4 Comments

Michael Carrick recalls Manchester United’s turbulent spell under David Moyes.

'At that moment – that very moment – I knew I needed to get out of professional football'
# EXTRACT
From The42
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'At that moment – that very moment – I knew I needed to get out of professional football'

Jun 4th 2020, 7:00 AM 10,090 Views 4 Comments

Former Newcastle physio Paul Ferris on suffering through Ruud Gullit’s troubled spell at the club.

'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old'
# EXTRACT
From The42
# EXTRACT

'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old'

Jun 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 7,483 Views 12 Comments

In this extract from his autobiography, former Ireland captain Rory Best looks back on a humbling defeat to England.

Extract: The inside story of Steorn, the Celtic Tiger start-up that couldn't
# The Impossible Dream
# The Impossible Dream

Extract: The inside story of Steorn, the Celtic Tiger start-up that couldn't

May 30th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,731 Views 9 Comments

Barry J Whyte has been looking at the intriguing story of Steorn for a new book.

'I wasn’t even on the bench – I’d been bombed out completely'
# EXTRACT
From The42
# EXTRACT

'I wasn’t even on the bench – I’d been bombed out completely'

May 28th 2020, 7:00 AM 11,399 Views 11 Comments

Robbie Fowler on the beginning of the end of his first stint at Liverpool.

Muhammad Ali and the mafia
# EXTRACT
From The42
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Muhammad Ali and the mafia

May 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 10,840 Views 0 Comments

How murder and mayhem were linked to the legendary boxer.

'We lost because we were so dazzled by the wonder of their kit that we couldn’t possibly concentrate'
# Looking Back
From The42
# Looking Back

'We lost because we were so dazzled by the wonder of their kit that we couldn’t possibly concentrate'

May 19th 2020, 6:30 AM 6,328 Views 3 Comments

In an extract from his book ‘Boy Wonder,’ Dave Hannigan recalls some of his sport-related childhood memories.

'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners'
# Legacy
From The42
# Legacy

'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners'

May 14th 2020, 7:00 AM 8,269 Views 3 Comments

Read this extract from Michael Gillard’s book on the Olympics.

'The rush home after school to read Ceefax pages 302–312... This was my generation’s internet'
# Looking Back
From The42
# Looking Back

'The rush home after school to read Ceefax pages 302–312... This was my generation’s internet'

May 12th 2020, 7:00 AM 4,551 Views 0 Comments

In an extract from his book, Daniel Geey looks at how football has changed dramatically over the years.

'I raced the entire year with that broken foot, and had no surgery until after the season'
# EXTRACT
From The42
# EXTRACT

'I raced the entire year with that broken foot, and had no surgery until after the season'

May 7th 2020, 7:00 AM 8,545 Views 1 Comment

In an extract from his book, Formula One legend Nigel Mansell recalls winning the World Championship.

'If you didn’t make a conscious decision to go home alone, you probably wouldn’t'
# Temptation
From The42
# Temptation

'If you didn’t make a conscious decision to go home alone, you probably wouldn’t'

May 5th 2020, 9:44 PM 42,659 Views 10 Comments

In an extract from his award-winning book ‘Recovering,’ Richie Sadlier looks at the lifestyle of young footballers in his era.

'He wanted to do other things with his life for a year or two'
# EXTRACT
From The42
# EXTRACT

'He wanted to do other things with his life for a year or two'

Apr 30th 2020, 7:00 AM 6,939 Views 4 Comments

The end of Bob Paisley’s tenure at Liverpool is recalled.

'By 2016 foreign owners had bought, or held significant shares in, 15 of the Premier League’s 20 teams'
# Trend
From The42
# Trend

'By 2016 foreign owners had bought, or held significant shares in, 15 of the Premier League’s 20 teams'

Apr 28th 2020, 7:00 AM 3,609 Views 1 Comment

Read an extract from ‘The Billionaires Club’ by James Montague.

'For him, dark glasses were invented to protect a man from other people’s eyes'
# Elusive
From The42
# Elusive

'For him, dark glasses were invented to protect a man from other people’s eyes'

Apr 21st 2020, 7:15 AM 10,519 Views 4 Comments

Read this extract from ‘The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen.’

'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great
# Decline
From The42
# Decline

'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great

Apr 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 35,954 Views 3 Comments

An extract from Jonathan Eig’s book reveals the extent of the legend’s suffering following his retirement.